Some friends and I are working through the Bible study Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. In this week’s teaching, she makes a comment, “God often speaks in the most unusual and humorous of circumstances.” Her comment manifested itself in my own experience this week.
Tuesday morning our middle son and I left the rest of the family behind and headed to the oral surgeon to have all four of his wisdom teeth extracted.* We arrived and went through the check-in procedures. After a short wait, they called Nathan back to begin the process, and I was left in the waiting room to wait.
Many prayers were being offered up on his behalf, and I was at peace. It wasn’t long before I was called back to the recovery room. The door was open, and I could see into the hall. Another door caddy corner to my room opened and out walked our tall son escorted by a short nurse. He shuffled his feet across the floor, and as he entered the doorway to my room, his Aggie thumb went up to let me know it was all good.
She situated him in the chair and Nathan continued the recovery process. When they determined his blood pressure and heart were stable, he was released. I drove the car around back and was met once again by our tall son escorted by the short nurse. As we helped him into the car, the nurse said, “He told me he felt like a newborn baby deer.”
We made it home, and as we turned onto the street, Nathan said he felt dizzy. I pulled into the driveway and called for Scott’s help. We only made it from the passenger side door to the front of the car before Nathan quickly became heavy.
Scott and I both began telling Nathan he had to use his legs. I pleaded with him to walk and tell him that I could not hold him. Nathan was falling asleep again, and the dead weight he was putting on me was not going to hold much longer. While Nathan continued his descent to his knees, Scott told me to get our other son for help.
I ran inside and called for Dawson.
Dawson and I made it back outside. There stood standing still, Nathan and Scott right where I had left them. Bending under Nathan’s arms, Scott and Dawson walked Nathan into the house and placed him safely on his bed.
God spoke that morning in the midst of this not so unusual yet humorous circumstance (people get their wisdom teeth extracted all the time). As the pain and sleeping medicine wore off, Nathan found himself learning how to adjust to his new life without his wisdom teeth.
What a perfect picture of a baby Christian, as well as older believers, trying to get their legs up underneath them in the new life they are now living. This wobbly newborn baby deer learning to walk, falling, and getting up again teaches us three things about walking on wobbly legs.
1. Trust Christ
Nathan’s dental x-rays showed his wisdom teeth coming in at an angle that would push the rest of his teeth out of alignment. We were told that if Nathan did not get his wisdom teeth extracted all the orthodontic work before this point would be ruined.
We had a choice.
We could either trust what they were telling us and choose a physician we trusted to complete the work or we could leave the teeth and take our chances.
We have the same choice with our eternal lives. Christ came to earth and lived a perfect life. And though He had no sin in His life, He died on the cross for the sin of the world. His body was placed in a tomb. On the third day, He rose again and now sits at the Father’s right hand.
Just as the doctors presented the truth to us regarding the consequences of Nathan’s wisdom teeth remaining, so the Great Physician has presented the truth to mankind the consequences of our sin remaining in our possession.
We have a choice.
Will will we trust Christ as our Lord and Savior or deny Him and spend eternity in hell? Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Nathan’s wisdom teeth are removed. He is sore and has to eat a little differently, but they are removed. When we put our trust in Christ, our sin is removed. We might feel a bit sore because of the sin Christ has removed, but it is gone, and we now have to learn how to live with the sin removed.
2. Call Out to Christ
When you have been under sedation, you come in and out of consciousness as the sedation and pain medicine wear off. When you are awake, you think you can do the things you already know how to do like walking. However, because you are not fully awake, you have to have assistance or falling asleep in the middle of walking is a reality.
While the rest of Nathan’s body was still the same, he was missing four of his teeth. Nathan’s legs were shaky and unstable. He could not hold himself up and needed support.
So it is for the believer.
Our physical body is the same, yet our spiritual body is now being transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). It feels weird, and our steps are shaky and uncertain to us even though we may have walked the same path before. We have a new life that we are learning how to live, and we don’t have to do it alone (Hebrews 10:24-25) and shouldn’t try.
Even when you have been a believer for a long time, there are times when we have to call out for help. I was unable to support Nathan by myself and had to call for others. There are times when the battle around us is so long and hard we can’t do it on our own.
We need someone to come and hold up our arms and support us (Exodus 17:12). People to bring us drinks of water and care for us as we recover. Someone to check in with us, make sure we are okay and even give us our medicine if we need it (2Timothy 3:16).
Christ is with us during these times and gives us other believers to love and support us along the way. While the journey is hard, the freedom we have walking with Christ and other believers is worth it.
3. Walk with Christ
Nathan’s wisdom teeth were not causing any problems for him. He was not in any pain. What the doctors saw on the x-rays revealed things about his mouth we couldn’t see. Under the surface, his teeth were slowly moving and would eventually cause significant trouble not only in the alignment of his teeth but also for the rest of his body. (For a personal experience of what this looks like, you can read it here.)
Ignoring sin areas in our lives may appear to be unimportant for a time, but eventually, sin always comes to the surface and does not bring the pleasure and real joy that it had promised in the beginning. As we walk with Christ, we have to be willing to allow Christ to continue to remove the parts of us that do not look like Him.
Will it be difficult and painful at times?
Nathan is still sore after just a few days, but he no longer has to worry about the problems his wisdom teeth can cause.
He is free.
As Christ continues to remove areas in our lives that do not look like Him, we too can walk in freedom without the worries of this world (Romans 8:1-3).
God speaks in unusual and humorous circumstances. I’ll probably never again look at a baby deer the same. The reminder to trust Christ for what He has already done, call out to Him in prayer and take the next step with Christ is embedded in my mind (along with Bambi).
So where are you? Have you put your trust in Christ? Are you the one in need of help on the wobbly newborn legs? Or maybe you are the one further along assisting others, yet still walking with a body of believers to call on when the helper needs a helper?
Wherever you are, walk in the fullness that Christ has for your life today.
I’d love to hear how you walk on wobbly legs. Leave a comment below or join the discussion on the Facebook page as we take our Faith Steps together.
*If you are in the North Houston area and looking for an oral surgeon, we highly recommend Dr. Lalani. We have used him twice and are pleased with him and his staff.